Ath­lete, re­porter from Val­ley re­mem­bered

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Obituaries - By Tara O'Neill

A beloved ath­lete and writer from the Nau­gatuck Val­ley died Fri­day sur­rounded by his fam­ily.

Harry “Lime” Katzman, 87, of An­so­nia, was born on Aug. 7, 1930, in Canada. He got the nick­name for his love of lime soda, long­time friend Greg Sta­mos said.

“Harry was re­ally part of the fam­ily,” Sta­mos said Satur­day. “He was the last re­pos­i­tory of all the old Val­ley sto­ries.”

At the age of 5, Katzman lost his right arm in an ac­ci­dent.

“De­spite that, there was never an ounce of pity or woe is me,” Sta­mos said. “As a mat­ter of fact, he would have been re­sent­ful if any­one took sym­pa­thy to­ward him for it.”

Katzman ac­tu­ally went on to play base­ball, bas­ket­ball and soft­ball for years. Later, he be­came a men­tor for oth­ers, act­ing as coach and man­ager for sev­eral teams, an obit­u­ary for him said.

He fol­lowed his pas­sion for sports in his ca­reer, cov­er­ing games through­out the Nau­gatuck Val­ley for The Evening Sen­tinel. He de­vel­oped a weekly col­umn — “Lime­lights.” He was even­tu­ally pro­moted to sports edi­tor, a po­si­tion he stayed in for 35 years un­til he re­tired.

John Spon­heimer, a lawyer in An­so­nia who grew up in Derby and now lives in Orange, said he recalls the Lime­lights col­umn and how it made an im­pres­sion on him and oth­ers in the Val­ley.

“He touched so many peo­ple — male and fe­male — with that col­umn,” said Spon­heimer, who played bas­ket­ball in the Val­ley grow­ing up and has coached foot­ball in An­so­nia for 47 years.

“He was one of the great­est guys I’ve ever met,” Spon­heimer said.

He said he met Katzman when he played for the bas­ket­ball team in high school.

“It was such a thrill to have your name in his col­umn,” Spon­heimer said. “He al­ways wanted ev­ery Val­ley ath­lete to suc­ceed.”

The two kept in touch over the years, oc­ca­sion­ally giv­ing Katzman his view on teams and play­ers for Lime­lights.

Katzman is sur­vived by his wife Carolyn ( Si­tar) Katzman, his two daugh­ters, five grand­chil­dren, two great- grand­chil­dren, his brother- in- law and sev­eral neph­ews and nieces.

Fu­neral ser­vices will take place Sun­day at 10: 30 a. m. at Beth Is­rael Ceme­tery, 855 Derby Mil­ford Road in Orange. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be sent to Con­necti­cut Hospi- tal, 100 Dou­ble Beach Road, Bran­ford, CT 06405.

A pe­riod of mourn­ing will be ob­served fol­low­ing the ser­vice un­til 8: 30 p. m. at the fam­ily’s home, 39 River­side Drive in Mil­ford.

To sign an on­line reg­istry book or leave a mes­sage of con­do­lence, visit www. shure­fu­ner­al­home. com.


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